BJP member Tapir Gao said on Tuesday that China had “occupied 50-60 kilometres” of Indian territory and warned if there will be a Doklam-like standoff with the neighbouring country, it will be in Arunachal Pradesh. Raising the issue in Lok Sabha during Zero Hour, Gao said that China has raised objections and made statements after visits of President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Home Minister Amit Shah to the state.

Gao, who is an MP from Arunachal East, said that an area in Arunachal Pradesh, where former External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh was posted as an Army Captain, was not with India now. “China has occupied 50-60 kilometres of our territory. If there will be a Doklam-like standoff in the future, it will be in Arunachal Pradesh,” he said and urged the government to take necessary steps. Continue reading


The Indian Army has ruled out demilitarising the Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest battlefield, saying Pakistan can’t be trusted. This comes after an avalanche hit army positions at the Siachen Glacier Monday, burying eight men under the snow. While two men were rescued, six men — four soldiers and two porters — died due to hypothermia.

The glacier is situated at an altitude of above 18,000 feet, and the temperature can go down to -70°C. “Pakistan had proposed to demilitarise Siachen a few years back but the country cannot be trusted. For any possible demilitarisation, both Pakistan and India need to actually authenticate the exact location of posts and the areas held, but Pakistan has not done it,” an Army source told ThePrint. Continue reading


Indira Gandhi, the third Prime Minister of India, was born on November 19, 1917, in a Kashmiri Pandit family in then Allahabad (Prayagraj). Born as Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi, she is the only woman Prime Minister India ever got. Indira Gandhi is the longest-serving Prime Minister of the country after her father Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first PM of independent India. As a Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi saw a lot of ups and downs and also shaped the contours of politics in the country and is most fondly remembered for her role in the 1971 India-Pakistan war that led to the formation of Bangladesh.

Indira Gandhi became the Prime Minister of India in 1966. When freedom calls were resonating in 1971 in then East Pakistan, India under the leadership of Indira Gandhi intervened in the conflict to liberate Bangladesh. Continue reading


In what has become a part of Pakistan’s playbook, yet another incident of two Indians apprehended and the acknowledgement of it comes six months to a year after India informed Islamabad. On Monday, Pakistani authorities produced two Indian nationals, Prasanth Vaindan and Bari (Wari) Lal, in court for entering Pakistan without legal travel documents.

One of the Indians, Prasanth Vaindan, who hails from Hyderabad, Telangana, in a video message addressed to his parents said that he might be released in a month’s time after the legal procedures get over. “Mummy, Daddy, how are you? I am fine. Everything is fine. I have been brought to the court from the police station. From here I will be sent to jail after which they will inform the Indian embassy. Then you will be contacted and maybe in a month’s time I might be released,” he said. Continue reading


Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi penned down a letter to the UN Secretary General and the President of the Security Council urging them to reject India’s decision to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories, the Foreign Office said on Monday.

Qureshi has addressed another strong letter to the President of the Security Council and the Secretary General Antonio Guterres on October 31 as a part of his ongoing efforts to highlight the Kashmir issue to the international community, the Foreign Office said in a statement. Jammu and Kashmir was bifurcated on October 31 into two union territories — Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh — in accordance with the Indian government’s August 5 announcement revoking the state’s special status under Article 370. Continue reading


Giving in to Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s demand, IT giant Google has removed the secessionist, anti-India mobile application, ‘2020 Sikh Referendum’, from its Play Store with immediate effect. Stating this here on Tuesday, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that this app was not available any more on Google Play Store for mobile users in India.

The chief minister, who had also urged the central government to persuade Google in the matter, had asked the state police chief to coordinate with central security agencies to tackle the threat resulting from the launch of the app, created by ‘ICETECH’. The app asked people to register themselves to vote in ‘Punjab Referendum 2020 Khalistan’. A website with the address of was also launched on similar lines for the same purpose. Continue reading


The home ministry on Tuesday said separatist groups were inciting stone pelters in Kashmir despite their detention, and 765 people have been arrested in related incidents since the abrogation of Article 370 in the Valley on 5 August. The ministry’s response in the Lok Sabha comes in the wake of massive troop deployment in Kashmir with incidents of stone pelting being reported from across the region, especially in Srinagar and south Kashmir’s Pulwama and Shopian.

“Investigations revealed various separatist organisations & activists, part of Hurriyat have been behind incidents of stone pelting in Kashmir,” the ministry informed the Lower House. “Since 5 August, 190 incidents of stone pelting were reported across Kashmir valley, in which 765 people were arrested. Until 4 August 2019, 361 cases of stone pelting were reported in Kashmir.” Continue reading


Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior is special to Ajay Devgn in more ways than one. In the war drama, he is sharing the big screen with wife Kajol for the first time after the 2008 film U Me Aur Hum. Tanhaji also marks his 100th film in the Hindi film industry. And apart from all that, Tanhaji brings back the crackling on-screen dynamics between Ajay Devgn and Saif Ali Khan, something we last saw in the 2006 film Omkara.

The makers launched the trailer of Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior in Mumbai today. The film is directed by Om Raut. Ajay is seen as brave Maratha warrior Tanhaji Malusare in the film. He fought the Battle of Sinhagad against Udaybhan Singh Rathod, played by Saif Ali Khan. Maratha leader Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj wanted to recapture Kondhana fort from the Mughals, and Tanhaji took charge of the battle. Continue reading


Tech giant Google has selected Indian Air Force’s video game, ‘Indian Air Force: A Cut Above’, to compete for ‘Best Game-2019’ in the ‘Users Choice Game’ category. Taking to its official Twitter handle, the Air Force urged users to vote for its 3D mobile video game to win in the ‘Users Choice Game’ of 2019.

In a bid to attract young people to the IAF and encourage them to join the forces, then Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa had launched the combat-based mobile game ‘Indian Air Force: A Cut above’ in New Delhi on July 31. On July 20, IAF had released the teaser of the game. The teaser gave insights on the single-player game and showed several fighter jets in aerial combat, targeting different on-land structures. Continue reading


Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday ordered the review of the new military-style uniform for House marshals.
Soon after the House assembled, Naidu told the House that he had received feedback from some political leaders as well as “well-meaning” people about the uniform. He added that the Rajya Sabha secretariat would review the new uniform in view of the criticism and concerns raised.

“I have decided to ask the Rajya Sabha Secretariat to revisit the same and take it forward, ” he said.On Monday, during the 250th session of Rajya Sabha, the marshals of the Upper House were seen wearing new military-style uniforms, with peaked caps and lanyards, instead of their traditional Indian attire with turbans. Continue reading


The Supreme Court on Tuesday told the army to take a decision on permanent commission to eight women army officers who had approached the top court in 2010 against the bar on their absorption in the armed forces. Over the next nine years, the government finally agreed to grant permanent commission but this decision left out the women who had first approached the court

“We can pass an order but we are giving you an opportunity to take credit for it,” a bench led by Justice DY Chandrachud told the army after being told that a decision had been taken to grant permanent commission to women officers in the army’s 10 branches where women are inducted for short service commission, or SSC. Continue reading


Several schools reopened here on Tuesday after remaining closed for over three months due to the unannounced shutdown following the Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370 provisions, even as life was inching towards normalcy in Kashmir, officials said. The move by several private schools to resume classes came as public transport has started to ply in the Valley and life was fast returning to normalcy, they said.

The managements have decided to open the schools from 10 am to 1 pm and students have been asked to come without wearing the uniform, the officials said. The city and most areas elsewhere in the valley saw a significant improvement in the movement of public transport on Monday. Continue reading


Four associates of terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), who were responsible for carrying out a blast in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, have been arrested, police said on Tuesday.

While investigating the terror attack that took place in the Arihal area of Pulwama in July, police learnt about the involvement of a person, Sharik Ahmad, who had been constantly communicating with a foreign militant and making plans to carry out attacks in the area, a police spokesman said. Continue reading


Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is gearing up to launch three earth observation or surveillance satellites — one on November 25 and two in December — to beef up the country’s border security through more “eyes in the sky”. Besides three primary satellites, the three PSLV rockets will also carry over two dozen foreign nano and micro satellites.

PSLV C-47 rocket, to be launched from Sriharikota at 9.28 am on November 25, will carry third-generation earth-imaging satellite Cartosat-3 as the primary payload and 13 commercial nanosatellites from the US. The commercial deal for the launch of 13 US nanosatellites was earlier signed by newly formed commercial arm NewSpace India Ltd (NSIL), according to Isro. Cartosat-3 will be placed in an orbit of 509 km at an inclination of 97.5 degree. Continue reading


With France reportedly keen to now sell Rafale fighter aircraft for the Indian Navy, visiting French Naval Chief Admiral Christophe Prazuck on Monday said he was “extremely satisfied” with the performance of 42 Rafale aircraft in the French Navy that operate from French aircraft carriers. The French Naval Chief was speaking at thinktank Observer Research Foundation (ORF) in the Capital  on “French Strategic Vision of the Indo-Pacific”. Asked about his meeting with Indian Naval Chief Admiral Karambir Singh earlier in the day, Admiral Prazuck said the discussions involved the “whole spectrum of naval capabilities”, including the issue of the menace of “terrorism”.

India is already acquiring 36 Rafale fighter aircraft for the Indian Air Force. On the issue of whether Rafale aircraft could be acquired from France for the Indian Navy, Indian naval sources  said, “The Indian Navy’s fighter requirement is under examination”. Continue reading